Monday, May 13, 2013

Cyclone Mahasen hreatens Burma and Bangladesh

Millions of people living along the coast of the Bay of Bengal in Burma and Bangladesh are expected to be affected when Cyclone Mahasen makes landfall some time on Thursday.

Officials in Burma have begun evacuating people while the meteorological office in neighbouring Bangladesh is closely monitoring the weather pattern, which is believed to be gathering sufficient strength to be classified a "severe cyclonic storm" in the next 24 hours.

About 140,000 refugees from religious violence in Burma living in tented accommodation along the coast are believed to be particularly at risk from Mahasen.